Getting injured whilst running is not at all uncommon, I’ve certainly had my fair share of injuries and they have mainly been to my lower body. However, this weekend I managed to pull a muscle in my chest. Now, this feels slightly silly to me. I’m a regular runner and I keep myself strong. I really shouldn’t be pulling a muscle in my upper body. To make myself feel better, I decided to search out a top 5 of unusual sports injuries. Here they are:
- Clarence “Climax” Blethen (I’m not sure I want to know how he got that name), a 30-year-old Red Sox baseball player, thought he looked older and meaner if he took out his false teeth when he pitched and so he kept them in his pocket. On one play he forgot to pop them back in his mouth, and when he slid to collect a ball, he actually bit himself in the arse.
- Sacramento Kings forward Lionel Simmons missed two games in his first season because he had tendonitis in his right wrist from playing too much GameBoy. This is particularly shocking when you remember how basic a gameboy was.
- In 1994, journeyman baseball pitcher, Steve Sparks missed out on a chance to make his debut in the big league when he dislocated his shoulder during spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers. This doesn’t seem too funny until you hear that he did it when he tried to rip a phone book up, imitating a group of motivational speakers who had visited the team. I bet they weren’t invited back next year!
It’s not all in the US either; the next two are from the top tier of English football:
- Manchester United’s Alex Stepney (goalkeeper) broke his jaw when they became the first English team to win the European Cup. Again, this doesn’t seem that funny. Keepers get balls booted at them, there are collisions, etc. However, this time it was because Alex Stepney yelled so hard that his jaw cracked. So next time you’re about to shout at someone, you might want to think twice.
- It seems like Goalkeepers are prone to the unusual ones: This is a bit of a cheat as it happened at home and not during a game, but former England goalkeeper David Seaman once pulled a muscle in his back after reaching for his television remote – putting himself out of action.
So, after all that I feel a bit better about my chest injury, I’m going to go home and rip up some phone books.